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I have heard the Daemon on two different occasions. It is an excellent integrated with some very nice ergonomics. I thought the sound was good, only eclipsed by the various tube amps that I heard at the same events.
The sound is also very much of the later generation compared to the earlier class A/AB from the 6,8,9 generation. ( which like George above, I also much prefer).
A couple thoughts on this.....
It is well known that the Rowland class D gear has an exceptionally long break in period. I suspect many of those who might be turned off by class D sound, either haven't listened to one of his current offerings, or have listened to a piece that isn't broken in.
That said, the amp which I believe is the bread and butter of current Rowland thinking, is the 625 S2 stereo amp which is 330watts of class A/AB power. It is an extraordinary piece of gear.
And yes, the chassis looks good, which is my bag.
Thank’s. Did you do the comparisions deamon vs 925+corus+aeris+PSU? Or you think that the technology of the deamon is less performant? Also i bought the innuos SE streamer with only usb output. Jeff Rowland say that the soun is better if we use SPDIF. So i will probably buy the converter Berkeley alpha. Do you have an opinion about that?
Nb sorry for my bad english ( french canadian)
Hello All, I was long hoping to try out the Rowland Daemon Superintegrated amp. Finally, last Thursday, a long awaited Daemon Superintegrated was delivered. Started break-in the following day, and have been scribbling listening notes since… The writing project will continue for at least a few months, until the integrated has stabilized, and I have exercised several of Daemon’s many input and output options. I have been waiting for a long time for this 99Lbs single box critter. It is Jeff Rowland’s integrated flagship. The DAC + Preamp + 1500W/8 (2500W/4) power amp in a single chassis is incredibly powerful and already sounding amazing after just 100 hours of break-in.
I am learning a lot about this critter, and I see that severl friends here have asked excellent questions. So, y not join me to chat about Daemon around its own new Audiogon watering-hole, where I am narrating my experience it. I'll try to answer all your questions there:
Of course, feel free to PM me if you like to talk in person about it.